Red cedar looks outstanding!
Preserving wood with fire!
Bois Brulé. Burnt wood, an alternative to aging … according to ancestral techniques came from Japan for giving a durable finish to wood siding. The ancient technique of charring the wood to make it more durable is rooted among the Aztecs. The Japanese, who named it Shou-sugi-ban, have extensively used it. The charcoal acts as a protective layer that resists decay and fire, producing a long-lasting and maintenance-free material. This method of wood preservation is restarted by architects looking for green solutions in different parts of the world including Japan and Europe. In simple terms, the wood is burned for about 7 minutes using a torch or more traditional methods, before being doused with water and brushed to remove char dust, revealing a light silvery sheen. The timber is then washed and dried. It can be left unfinished or a finished oil can be applied to bring out shades of gray, silver, black or brown. This technique is used for siding, decking and outdoor furniture. The method earns interest both for its environmental history and for its aesthetic appearance. The materials can last at least 80 years, without chemicals. (YouTube comment)
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If you have some weight problems, be sure that the coffee will help you in fat burning. Mix coconut, cinnamon, honey and cocoa, then add it into your coffee, and you can lose up to 20 pounds in a month. These ingredients will make the taste of your early morning coffee better, accelerate your metabolic process and you will get a new body very quickly!
- Cinnamon has been used for centuries because of its medical properties. It has lots of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that fight infection and inflammation.
- Coconut oil is rich in lots of healthy fats that may increase your metabolism and energy consumption which will result in weight loss.
- Honey is rich in iron, phosphorus, salt, potassium, zinc and calcium that are important for dissolving fat. Use only raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized natural honey!
- ¾ cup of coconut oil
- 1 powdered cinnamon
- ½ cup of honey (optional).
- 1 teaspoon of cocoa (optional).
I used to regularly get water here.
A trickle from the rocks at Mile 109 draws people who like its taste and like the fact that it’s not treated city tap water. But is it safe?
A 3-inch hole in a rock wall at Mile 109 of the Seward Highway quenches many thirsts.
Tourists pull over for a cup of refreshing liquid Alaska, wild and cold. Locals, suspicious of treated city water, make the drive regularly to resupply their homes, even though there’s less known about this source of water than the water from their sinks. Others simply prefer the taste of the water that trickles there, supplemental hydration they take away one Nalgene bottle at a time.
This drainage hole in the rock between Beluga Point and Windy Corner on Turnagain Arm draws visitors all day long. Anyone who has driven the highway with any regularity has seen them, perhaps wondered why, and maybe had to brake for them as they dart across the road. …
Mica Sexton pulled up next. … People are too trusting of the government and media, he said. Fluoride is one reason, he said, that he “won’t touch” tap water.
“I think most people, when you tell them that somebody that they trust to look out for their good is putting something bad in their water, most people just look at you and tell you you need a tinfoil hat,” Sexton said.
Sexton said he also suspects city water treatment removes healthy minerals he believes he’s getting from this large drinking straw poked into the Chugach Mountains. …
…Alaska Dispatch News collected a sample and delivered it to ARS Aleut Analytical….
In short, all categories fell within the maximum contaminant limits set for drinking water by Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation. At least they did that day. ARS Aleut Analytical lab manager Ian Schacht said that a water quality test is just a snapshot of one point in time, which can’t replace regular monitoring. Results could fluctuate for many reasons.
AWESOME NEW CHEESE AT COSTCO!
Costco has product similar to this one, called “Smoked Sharp White Cheddar.” It must be a brand new product for Tillamook, because I can’t find it on the net. It looks like this one, but is aged 9 months instead of 2 years.
Made from milk from cows NOT treated with artificial growth hormone.
WONDERFUL! Highly recommended. Really strong natural wood smoke flavor!
“Get it while you can.”
$11.49 for 2 lbs.
From: Natural News
Studies show that olive oil benefits our heart and mind
Monday, January 19, 2015 by: Michael Ravensthorpe
(NaturalNews) Olive oil, which is obtained by pressing the fruits of the olive tree, is considered to be one of the most nutritious oils in the world. According to Hippocrates, it could heal a large number of serious ailments, including mental illness. The ancient Greeks and Romans generously poured olive oil over their food, cherishing it for its pleasant taste and medicinal qualities.
..a study published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience in 2013 showed that another phenolic compound in olive oil, called oleocanthal, had neuroprotective properties and could shield us from Alzheimer’s disease, which is a leading cause of dementia.(7) These results might explain why the Mediterranean diet, which uses olive oil freely, is associated with better cognitive function and lower rates of cognitive decline.(8)
Is it safe to cook with olive oil?
A lot of people assume that olive oil is unsafe to heat, since fatty acids can oxidize during cooking and become carcinogenic. The truth, however, is that only polyunsaturated fats become damaged when heated. Studies show that oils that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, are fairly resistant to heat.(9,10)
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Costco has this great, organic herbal tea! The first ingredient, Rooibos, is a yummy, South African tea that I discovered at a specialty tea shop.
These other ingredients also rock!
Rooibos, chicory root, natural flavor, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil, orange peel.
It must be super healthy, and probably even fights diabetes, etc.!
I don’t remember the price, but it’s less than $10 for four boxes of 18, each.
The tea bags are individually packed in their own flavor-sealed aluminum pouch, which is really important to maintain flavor and health benefits!
I bought one of these “natural daylight” 5,000K LED bulbs at Lowe’s:
Utilitech 7.5-Watt (40W Equivalent) A19 Medium Base Daylight (5000K) LED Bulb
They say they’re 40-watt equivalent, but my estimate is they’re more like 60 watts, using only 7.5 watts, and lasting for an estimated 25,000 hours!
With my colorimeter (for my monitor), it tested about the same output as the less expensive, but short life, CFL version that is supposed to be 60W equivalent. And they both did test at about 5,000K. Daylight is about 5,500K.
This puts out beautifully, refreshing (Alaska doesn’t get much sun right now) light that really is anti-fatiguing.
I highly recommend these! 5,000K is much preferable to the 3,200K and less, more yellowish bulbs that are most common. This has enough blue light to definitely feel the difference during our short daylight, winter days.